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Timothy

McCain Won't Cooperate Anymore

John McCain said on a radio interview that the GOP won't cooperate for the rest of the year.  I know, I know.  Eleventy billion people are going to say this in unison,  but I just can't NOT post this!

All together now...  Since when has the GOP cooperated with the Democratic majority in the past two years?

Timothy

Windows Phone 7 Series - Not Too Excited About It

I have always been a huge fan of Windows Mobile.  It is (was?) literally a computer in my pocket.  A barrage of  less-than-spectacular devices combined with long periods between (small) updates left the platform behind its newer competitors -- the iPhone and Android.  Now, I won't get into a deep discussion of what happened in the past, but let's just say that thanks to the efforts of HTC, Windows Mobile/Phone stayed fairly competitive, all things considered.

Now Microsoft has introduced Windows Phone 7 Series.  They want to get back into the game big time.  What initially looked so freaking awesome has turned out to be Microsoft's version of the iPhone -- a heavily locked down device with a supposed "focus on consumers."  Apparently a focus on consumers means telling consumers how they are supposed to enjoy their devices and maybe cutting them a break and giving them some third party apps that absolutely cannot run in the background.  That's the straw that broke the camel's back for me.  As a developer and power user, I can't buy a Windows Phone 7 Series device if I can't tweak the hell out of it like I can my current device, a HTC Touch Pro 2, running Windows Phone 6.5.

So, what few Windows Mobile fanboys still exist out there, read the following article and cry at the end of an era.  And also plan your next Android purchase.  God, I hate Java.  But what can I do?  Microsoft has left me with no choice.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2361377,00.asp

So supposedly in the future multitasking will be available when they figure out how not to impact the user experience (wtf?  never heard of a priority queue?  mutltitasking is not rocket science).  If and when they do, I might be back on board.  Until then, with no unmanaged code, no memory cards, no multitasking, and a load of other "nos" where Microsoft forces us to use our devices their way and not ours, I'm not buying a Windows Phone 7 Series device.  Very sad considering how cool it looks.  I mean Silverlight UI and XNA games?  Hell to the yea!  But it's no longer a minicomputer.  It's just a Zune with a phone.  I'm not interested.

So, I hope their commitment to the 6.5 platform is not lip service, because I'm relying on that while I watch to see what happens with Windows Phone 7 Series.  I'm hoping that by "7.1" it will still look smooth as silk, like it does now, but will be back to being a mini-computer, like its in-spirit predecessors.

Timothy

Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers

Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers is a fast-paced action-packed love story. It has a very different plot from the original Eureka Seven series, so don't expect a sequel!

That said, the plot does parallel the series in several ways. The basic premise of aliens attacking the Earth and humans fighting back remains. Where the series portrayed the aliens as basically misunderstood and unintentionally damaging, the movie portrays them as more generically malicious, even though they did shoehorn some more 'innocent misguided intentions' stuff later in the plot.

Eureka has changed a lot. She's more of a fusion of Eureka and Anenome in the series, including frequently yelling "idiot" at Renton. That took a lot of getting used to for me. Interestingly, Novak and Anenome basically replaced Norb and Sakuya's roles in the story. It will raise a few eyebrows at first, but it worked.

For the first 45 minutes, I was a bit disappointed. Character development seemed forced (probably due to trying to fit a series worth of plot into a two hour movie). However, it won me over at the point when Holland was explaining the Gekko crews' motives to Renton. This was one of my favorite moments because it actually gave a nod to the series! I'm not going to give it away, but it was really cool how they did it. After that, the story seemed much less rushed. It was still confusing at times, but a few characters were also confused by what was happening. So I figure confusion was intentional.

Trapar waves were completely unexplained in the film. So there is no clue what it is or how it works in this universe, but vehicles do use it for lifting, so it's there. Eureka has a sensitivity to light, but that is also never explained. You'll find "unexplained" being a bit of a recurring theme.  lol.

And the ending, ahh the ending! It was truly unique to the movie and it worked! Just like the series, it showed love, sacrifice, maturity, and made up for the more confusing parts.

I love the original series. It is actually not just my favorite Anime, but my favorite story in any form. I love it! On a scale of zero to five, I give it 5/5 easy! However, I can't rate the movie that high. Don't get me wrong, it was a great story. I would give it a solid 4/5 star rating. If you liked the series, you will like the movie, even if just to get a little more of a Eureka and Renton fix. If you are not familiar with the series, you will still like it, but be prepared for a confusing ride.

And now some random notes:

  • They actually give a reason for the "seven" this time!
  • Very few references to the electronica scene this time (disappointing).
  • Moon Doggie can apparently be in a KLF the Gekko at the same time! Plot holes resulting from reused animation cells can be funny. ;-)
  • Baby archetypes can say one word and they tend to say it in an incredibly annoying voice.
  • The final version of Nirvash in the movie kicks even more butt than in the series.
  • The literal translation of the Japanese subtitle is "Pocket Full of Rainbows." I'm not really sure why they changed it to "Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers" as there were ample references to rainbows throughout the series. Sometimes subtitles are changed because something is lost in translation. Here, I don't know.

Anyway, I really hope Bones returns some day to the original series' universe. I still long for more!! :-)

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